Editorial cartoons

Tinfoil Hat Club


cjones08202019

Here’s a quick little bonus cartoon I thought would be fun to draw. I didn’t need to draw this cartoon since I already covered the issue, but some of my clients and readers may prefer to publish and share this one. Mostly, I just wanted another shot at drawing a tinfoil hat and this time in the shape of the way I caricature Trump’s stupid combover.

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Conspiracy-Theorist-in-Chief


cjones08192019

You have to give Trump supporters credit in one area. They’re really consistent with being inconsistent.

The same people who were crying that Democrats were politicizing murders after the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton are silent or defending the president of the United States spreading conspiracy theories after the suicide of pedophile and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, if they’re not spreading those conspiracy theories themselves.

Republicans have been promoting conspiracy theories about the Clintons being murderers or having people killed since 1993. The “Clinton Body Count” is very popular with the sect of conservatives who don’t need evidence or logic to base an opinion. So, it was no surprise that within minutes of it being reported that Epstein had committed suicide in a federal detention center that memes accusing the Clintons of murder flooded the internet, as well as #ClintonBodyCount trending on Twitter.

For some reason, the people who couldn’t hide a consensual sex act between Bill Clinton and an intern can successfully cover-up dozens of high-profile murders. Also, one has to be a moron to first look at the Clintons as being the perpetrators of a murder disguised as a suicide of a person in the custody of Donald Trump’s Justice Department.

So of course, since only morons propagate this bullshit, Donald Trump contributed to propagating this bullshit.

Bill Clinton had very real ties to the registered sex offender billionaire, as did Donald Trump. Clinton did fly several times on Epstein’s private jet, though none of those trips appear to have been to Epstein’s notorious private island which is really popular for the Trump cult to discuss. Donald Trump also had connections, even flying on the same plane and having been accused of committing rape on a minor at an Epstein party. None of this means either of those men had Epstein killed.

Republicans have long been defending Trump’s racism and stupidity. Kellyanne Conway took to the networks to say Trump was only saying there are questions that need to be asked. OK, then. Why doesn’t he ask the people who work under him instead of retweeting a right-wing conspiracy theorist? Other conservatives have complained about the media labeling this as a conspiracy theory and that their doing so isn’t journalism. It’s funny that people who can’t identify a conspiracy theory, as this fits Webster’s definition of one, are judges of what qualifies as journalism.

Trump was a conspiracy theorist long before he ran for president. He was the biggest champion of the birther campaign, that President Obama was ineligible to be president because he was born in Kenya. He helped push a conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He has claimed climate change is a hoax created by China. He floated the idea that it wasn’t Russia hacking the DNC, but some fat guy on a bed in New Jersey. He claimed President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. He’s pushed the deep-state theories. And now, he’s pushing the theory that the Clintons killed someone his government was responsible for.

Donald Trump is irresponsible and he doesn’t care about ramifications of his tweets and words, whether it’s mass shootings or feeding distrust of the government on fucknut message boards like 8Chan, which is populated by QAnon conspiracy theorists. But, maybe Trump is actually stupid or mentally unbalanced enough to believe in these conspiracy theories. The man has access to the best information resources on the planet, and he refuses to use them, preferring the beliefs of the chemtrail crowd, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un.

Former Trump staffer and supporter Anthony Scaramucci has now endorsed there at least be a discussion of replacing Trump on the ticket. Hey, Mooch. This conspiracy, destabilizing stuff from Trump isn’t new. We’ve been saying this since he started the birther crap years ago. He’s not any more unstable today than he was in 2014. But, thanks for taking a wobbly stand after all this time.

The spreading of lies, even absurd and easily-debunked conspiracy theories smack of tinpot, fascist dictator tactics. Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, who once literally pitched a tent on property owned by Donald Trump, claimed those rebelling against him were wayward 17-year-olds, “given pills at night, hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe”. During Arab Spring, the Egyptian government accused dissenters of being enticed by Kentucky Fried Chicken. North Korea has told their citizens that Japan literally stole time and used that argument to set their clocks back 30 minutes. Also, Kim Jong Il invented the hamburger. Putin has told the world that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan to protect itself from terrorism, a lie Trump has repeated.

People who unquestionably believe leaders are followers of a cult. While it’s nice that Scarammuci has left the cult, at least temporarily, the rest of the Republican party is still on the Kool-Aid.

For the sake of their nation, Trump supporters need to stop believing this man is anything other than an unstable, racist, sexist, lying, narcissistic idiot who shouldn’t be allowed to drive a golf cart, less enough direct a nation.

Journalists and even private individuals on social media need to practice responsibility when it comes to conspiracy theories. Wait for facts. For a president, facts should be a priority, not Twitter memes that rile up a racist, stupid base of supporters.

We’re supposed to be better than this. Start acting better than this. Be better than Donald Trump.

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Where’s Daddy?


cjones08182019

In the wake of mass shootings in Gilroy, California and El Paso, Texas targetting Hispanics, and on the first day of school, ICE decided it was a great time to conduct a raid on undocumented workers.

ICE raided several processing plants in Mississippi detaining hundreds of suspected undocumented immigrants. Though ICE claims they contacted at least 12 schools, the school districts claim they were never contacted. Thus, many children of those suspected undocumented immigrants were going to empty homes.

America saw a crying child on television asking for her father’s release. Donald Trump saw it and loved it. He’s telling ICE to conduct more raids like the ones in Mississippi. The man who throws babies in jail wants to see more crying babies on TV. He believes that, along with being labeled a white supremacist, works well with his base.

While hundreds of employees of these plants were arrested and expected to be deported, many away from their children, the owners of the plants will probably go uncharged.

The law says an employer has to “knowingly” hire undocumented workers. So, the employer can look at a phony document, no matter how lousy the quality of the counterfeit, and claim stupidity. It’s how Donald Trump has been able to employ undocumented workers for decades. Donald Trump has a lot of experience at being stupid.

In fact, these companies that hire undocumented workers probably won’t even be investigated. The Trump Organization has been exposed for hiring undocumented workers yet there’s no indication they’ve ever been investigated or ever will be.

It seems pretty simple to me. If people like Donald Trump want to stop encouraging immigrants from “invading” our nation illegally, then people like Donald Trump should stop giving them jobs.

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Bulletproof The Baby


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Here’s your cartoon for CNN’s weekly newsletter, Provoke/Persuade. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday for the rest of your life.

Rich, my editor at CNN sent me a story about bulletproof backpacks. He told me it made him sad. It makes me sad too that now bulletproof backpacks are on the back-to-school shopping list. That’s a little messed up.

If conservatives get their solution, there will be armed guards at every school, mall, Wal-Mart, theater, shopping center, nightclub, etc. For gun nuts, forcing parents to spend $300 on an item that protects your child if a shooter only aims at their back at the right time of day is a better solution than having fewer shooters.

It’s not that I’m against bulletproof backpacks. I’m against the need for bulletproof backpacks. We don’t need assault rifles in the hands of private ownership. We just don’t. I’m against this environment where parents can’t focus solely on their children’s education without worrying whether they’re going to come home alive.

Republicans are against increasing fundings in education. They’re against feeding the poor kids. But, they’ll gladly support increased spending to put armed guards in every school.

And the president? He and Melania posed with a baby who is now an orphan because its parents were killed by a white supremacist motivated by Trump’s rhetoric. Trump would rather focus on protecting his feelings than that child. They don’t make backpacks that will protect Donald Trump’s thin skin, but they do make a news network for that.

We shouldn’t need bulletproof backpacks to protect our children. You don’t need an assault rifle to protect yourself. Nobody needs a narcissistic, whiny, thin-skinned, man-baby president.

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Suicide Watch


cjones08172019

A suicide watch is meant to prevent a prisoner from taking his own life, not just to observe it, right?

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was being held in the Metropolitical Correctional Center while facing federal sex trafficking charges killed himself by hanging himself Saturday morning. He was placed on suicide watch three weeks ago after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the federal prison, with marks on his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted.

The federal facility that held him is responsible for his death and they have a lot of explaining to do. How do you not keep an eye on a guy who had attempted suicide less than three weeks ago? This isn’t justice for Epstein or his victims.

Epstein should have been forced to stand trial, not allowed to decide his own fate by suicide.

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Tucker’s Mellow


cjones08162019

Conservatives are going nuts defending Donald Trump’s racism. They argue that comments such as “send them back” or “infestation” aren’t racist. They sell the idea that there’s no correlation between him and mass shooters who echo his code words. They use false equivalency to deflect from Trump’s racism, like trying to tie Democrats to a mass shooter who never wrote a manifesto or made posts on social media about a political agenda as a reason for his carnage. Often as a first resort, they lie to defend Trump’s racism. But the thing is, they’re not defending Trump’s racism anymore. They’re defending racism.

Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson went on an online bender of defending racists. He got away from defending Donald Trump and started defending white supremacists. Tucker said that White Supremacy is a “hoax” and it’s “not a real problem in America.” Then, he went on vacation. But don’t worry. Fox News has other racists personalities.

When did defending white supremacists become part of the agenda?

It was reported a few days ago that the Trump administration wanted the Department of Homeland Security to put less focus on white nationalists groups that they perceive as a danger. They wanted DHS to put most of their focus on scary brown people. Do you know who commits the majority of terrorist attacks in this nation? Scary white people.

After ICE raided factories in Mississippi and little crying brown children were on the news crying for their missing parents, the White House told ICE to do more because they loved that image. Brown children crying really resonates with the Trump base, almost as much as baby jails.

It’s also been reported that Trump’s campaign believes accusations that Trump is a white supremacist will help Trump in the coming election. A majority of Americans believe Trump is a racist. Continuing to call him a white supremacist isn’t going to lower those numbers but it will convince more and more white supremacists he’s one of theirs.

After a white supremacist who wrote a manifesto praising Trump as a “beacon” killed over 50 Muslims in New Zealand, Trump said he didn’t believe white supremacy to be a threat. But he believes MS-13 is a threat.

There are around two million gang members in the United States. The only gang you hear about from Trump and Trump TV (Fox News) is MS-13. Out of those two million gang members, MS-13 only accounts for about 10,000. So why are we only hearing about MS-13? Because they’re brown.

Tucker Carlson has also championed the threat of MS-13. He would never call it a hoax. But he calls the threat of white supremacy a hoax. Tucker has claimed that anyone who calls out MS-13 is labeled as a “racist.” No, Tucker. But defending white supremacists will get you labeled as a racist.

Tucker says there aren’t enough white supremacists to fill a football stadium. He’s right, depending on the stadium. There are only about 25,000 “official” white supremacists in the U.S. Why, that’s about double the attendance of your standard Trump rally (but he did pull in 25,000 in Alabama…hmmm).  But if 25,000 aren’t a threat, then why are 10,000?

And, we’re talking about the “official” members the FBI can track. How many white supremacists are out there with violent intentions who have never been tracked? I’m sure Tucker knows a lot of white supremacists, but I doubt he knows each one personally to verify their cuddliness.

While authorities have tracked around 25,000 “official” members, around 200,000 subscribe to racist publications and websites. It’s a much bigger problem than Tucker or Trump cares to admit.

I don’t believe either Donald Trump or Tucker Carlson are white supremacists. But I do believe they’re racists supporting and enabling white supremacists and hate in general. Their agenda is hate.

Tucker has defended, enabled, and justified racism. And, if you support Donald Trump, you’re a defender of racism too.

A lot of racists are like those suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect. They’re don’t know they’re in the club. If you suffer from the TuckerTrump effect, congratulations.

You’re in the club.

Creative Note: This cartoon has now been blocked by Instagram. Go figure.

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Rock Star


cjones08152019

I’ve mentioned this before. I don’t hate Donald Trump. I don’t like the guy but I don’t hate him. I hate President Donald Trump.

At some point, in the better interest of their nation, Trump’s supporters in Congress, his party, the Trump cult, and even within his own family need to stop pretending that this guy is anything better than a vile, disgusting, racist, sexist, stupid grifter who doesn’t have any business being in the Oval Office, flying in Air Force One, representing our nation, and having access to the codes of our nuclear weapons (I wouldn’t want someone like Trump in charge of selecting a cable provider). Half the nation understands we’re better than this. The other half doesn’t.

The people Trump hires are assigned to work for Donald Trump, not the president. It’s their job to represent the Trump organization rather than the office of the presidency. The Trump brand is a higher priority than say, national security, the economy, or even comforting victims of a national tragedy.

People who work for Trump sacrifice their professional reputations working for a whiny, narcissistic grifter. Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or Omarosa will never be taken seriously again. But in their defense, they’re poor examples because they weren’t taken seriously before working for Trump. Trump hires walking jokes.

Sean Spicer’s very first press briefing was on fictional crowd sizes. Kellyanne has promoted Trump products in her official capacity of whatever it is she’s supposed to be doing. Huckasans spent her entire tenure as press secretary lying and screaming at the media. This is why nobody wants them in their restaurants.

Shortly after Trump’s visits to Dayton and El Paso to meet with the victims of two mass shootings who didn’t refuse to see him, The White House put out a propaganda video of Trump grinning and giving the thumbs-up sign with people fawning over him. These were basically no different than when he crashes weddings at his shitty golf clubs. The victims and wedding guests would be better served by hiring a drunk clown to make balloon animals. Not much of a difference except Trump can’t make balloon animals.

The new White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who will never be taken seriously again, told the press their access was restricted during the visits because it was “about the victims and their families and thanking medical staff. It wasn’t about a photo-op for the president and the first lady.” That makes sense. But if it’s not about a “photo-op” for the president then why did they create a campaign ad out of it? It’s no wonder none of the El Paso victims who were still in the hospital agreed to meet with Trump. If I was lying in a hospital bed after being shot up, I wouldn’t want to be propagandized either. Also, I wouldn’t want to meet Trump because I’d be sick enough already.

The victims also refused to meet with Texas senator Ted Cruz, but you don’t have to be shot to not want to meet with Ted Cruz.

Even without the video, Trump had tweeted multiple photos of the same scenes of him grinning, thumbs up, people fawning, etc. This was a photo-op though none of the photos had Ted Cruz in them because…ew.

Dan Scavino, the White House director of Social Media and Assistant to the president, tweeted out that Trump was greeted like a “rock star.”

Trump whined throughout his trip about the way he was treated while also boasting about the way he was treated. While the White House sent out official statements about how successful the trip was, anonymous sources from within the White House told Maggie Haberman of The New York Times that the trip was a “debacle.” According to Haberman, “They wanted him to go in and behave differently. The goal was for him to go in and get out while making as little news as possible.” They have met Trump before, right?

Dayton mayor Nan Whaley told reporters afterward that she wished Trump had focused more on the victims of gun violence. Instead, Trump made it about himself.

We have to stop pretending this is normal. This business of a 72-year-old baby masquerading as a president is not normal. This is one of the many reasons why he’s not my president. Trump supporters, this isn’t normal.

And it’s not going to be normal until long after the narcissist has left the building.

Creative note: I just found out it’s Elvis Week. I didn’t plan this.

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